Petition launched against plans to increase school places in Sheffield

Clifford Church of England Aided Infant School on Psalter Lane in Sheffield
Clifford Church of England Aided Infant School on Psalter Lane in Sheffield
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Parents have launched a petition against plans to move a Sheffield school as part of a strategy to cope with demand for places.

Sheffield Council has started a six-week consultation into proposals to create extra school places across the city, which include building two new secondary schools.

A 750-place school is being proposed on the site of the former Pye Bank school on Woodside, Burngreave, while a 1,200-place school is being planned for the Holt House area for 2018.

The council wants to change the age range at Clifford Infant School in Nether Edge to make it a through school and move it to the site of Carterknowle Juniors.

Cartnerknowle Juniors would merge with Holt House Infants.

But parents at Clifford Infants want the council to consider expanding its current site on Psalter Lane. They say it is the cheaper and most preferred option by parents.

An online petition has already been signed by nearly 400 people.

Other proposals include creating additional places at Hinde House Secondary in Wincobank, Firth Park Academy, Shirecliffe’s Parkwood Academy, Fir Vale School, Silverdale School in Bents Green and Newfield Secondary School in Norton Lees.

A decision on the plans is expected in the new year.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “We have a unique opportunity here to give parents and carers what they tell us they want – by building two great new schools for the city. These new schools, and the existing settings that will be expanded, represent the cutting edge of our drive for Sheffield schools to be great.”

Parents can give their views at workshops at St Mary’s School, Bramall Lane, on October 19 from noon to 1.30pm, October 21 from 5pm to 6.30pm, October 22, from 10am to 11.30am, November 2 from 6.30pm to 8pm and November 4 from 6.30pm to 8pm.

n To book email schoolreorganisation@sheffield.gov.uk or give views at www.sheffield.gov.uk/schoolplaces.